1. Although my job is web developer and I really should be able to answer your first issue, I can't lol. I'm sure one of the guys from our Apache team would be able to though.
2. As for the second issue, I would get on twitter. If people are interested in your blogs you can find followers on twitter. You could post titles or quotes from your blog entries and link to the full blog URL so people can read the whole thing if they're interested. That's basically what NPR, The Onion, Colbert Report, Tom's Hardware, etc. do on twitter. To get started, search twitter for terms relevant to your blog topic. See who's tweeting about the topic and follow them so you might get a follow back or a retweet. But be careful not to follow too many people too quickly cause twitter considers that spam and they'll give you a warning or deactivation.